Training Course Catalog

Planning Section Training


Planning is the “Brains” of incident management.  The Planning Section not only gathers information in the Situation Unit, it digests, analyzes, and forecasts the event so that the Incident Commander and Command and General Staff can make appropriate decisions and take appropriate actions.  The Planning Section also tracks various parts of the incident.  Planning is generally done poorly (if at all) and hinders a safe and effective response.  The training session will cover how the Planning Section captures, analyzes, and applies information; including the use of the Planning “P.” Situation Status and Incident Action Plan development will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the role/expectations of the Section/position
  • Identify the tasks associated with the Section/position
  • Demonstrate competency in expected job functions through participation in an exercise
  • Comprehend the need for effective Situation Status.
  • Identify the elements of the Planning “P.”
  • Construct an Incident Action Plan.

Topics Covered

  • Will vary with each Section/position
  • Course Track(s)


  • Participants

    Up to 30

  • Length

    4-8 hours

  • Refresher Requirement

    None, but recommended

  • Prerequisites

    Completion of ICS 100, 200 and 700, HICS FUNdamentals or equivalents.